Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Pastor at HMC

Amos & Faith Shelley
We are very pleased to announce that Amos Shelley has accepted the position of Children and Family Pastor.  He will begin in this role on August 1.  Please pray for him and his family as they prepare to relocate and settle into their new life here in Hanover.

Amos comes to us after spending three years as the Children's Pastor at U-Town Church/Point Grey Community Church in Vancouver, BC.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Religion - Major in Biblical Theology - in 2007 - received his Master in Christian Studies - Major in Christianity and the Arts - from Regent College in Vancouver this past spring.  His Thesis consisted of writing and illustrating an original children's book, focusing on themes regarding abandonment, existential isolation and eternal hope.  He has a wide range of passions, including philosophy and theology, his wife and family, and, of course, hockey!

Amos grew up in Simcoe, five minutes north of Lake Erie, as the middle child of seven - stuck between four boys and two girls - all named for Biblical characters.  he and his wife, Faith, have recently welcomed their first child, newborn daughter Eden Anderson and they currently live in his childhood town.

Amos has an acute passion for the well being of children, specifically their spiritual growth, identity and imaginations.  He is creative and artistically minded while being theologically balanced and relationally driven.

Amos has had many creative ideas for Children's Ministry.  Among his favorites was the creation of an interactice 8ft by 4ft 3-dimensional model of the Land of Israel, complete with tribal boundaries, individual cities, soldiers, agricultural systems, temple and Ark of the Covenant which proved to be a consistent and highly successful teaching tool.  He is currently in the process of developing a narrative/play based teaching and learning style, based on play therapy and theory, narrative and story.

His favorite Bible character is a toss up between the Apostles John or Paul.  He likes how they are both thoughtful and poetic, understanding the importance of the gospel and articulating it so beautifully.

Amos likes to spend lazy afternoons browsing through thrift stores or hanging out with family as a delicious meal is being prepared.  He has a weakness for both coffee and chocolate, the combination of which has proven to be lethal!  He loves to play, draw and create and looks forward to entering into the Biblical story as an active participant and becoming a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Missionary Thanks

The following notes are in response to gifts we gave our missionaries in the Spring of 2011...

I want to thank you and the church for the generous gift to Li Yien and I.  We are very blessed by it and appreciate it.  Thanks also for all your support to us to.  We are grateful for the support we get back home and the comfort it gives us to know that there are people back home praying and encouraging us.  Both Li Yien and I have a call to the Nations and want to do our best at fulfilling the call of God on our lives.  It is a privilege to serve God.  Many Thanks again.

Mark & Li Yien Howling

Thank you, dear friends, for your faithful support of our ministry at Still Waters and for the generous gift we just received - may God return it to you pressed down and overflowing!  We always thank God for you and enjoy your fellowship immensely.

With love,
Peter and Leah Humphreys

Praise the Lord for HMC and their generosity to us. Michelle and I are overwhelmed. This gift is very unexpected. We want to thank you so much.

It is going well for us here in Romania. On June 11th we celebrated living here for 5 yrs. Wow how time flies!

Just last Sunday we held our first service in the new sanctuary level of our new church. It was an emotion filled time. Lots of tears praising God for His faithfulness.

Say hi to all, blessings and thank you,
Kevin & Michelle

Thank you for the time you gave us when we appeared in church unexpectedly last month and your announcement of the special "extra" gift from HMC (which took us quite by surprise).  We want to thank you for the blessing it is as we make plans to live in Calgary.  Thank you for your continuing support through finances and prayer - and for your generosity this past month!  

Dianne & Bill

Dear Friends at Hanover Missionary Church, Wow!  Thank you so much for the unexpected gift of money!  Thank you for loving and caring for us, and partnering with us to reach the Nivacle people.  We feel privileged to have such an awesome home church!  

With love and appreciation,
Shaun, Melanie, Michayle, Rylan and Seth Humphreys

Thank you to our Hanover Missionary Church family for your continued support and your recent extra generous gift.  God has overwhelmed us with the awareness of His Body, the Church worldwide, and His ability to meet our needs both materially and spiritually through His faithful servants.

You are a blessing to us!
Paul and Kathleen Humphreys

Dear HMC, Thanks so much for your recent extra gift.  Wow!  We sure do appreciate your support of our ministry.  We also appreciate the church community and we count it a privilege to serve together with you to reach our world with the Gospel.  Again, thanks so much!

Much love in Christ,
Vern & Holly Dyck

We really can't thank the church enough for all the blessings, love and encouragement.  When we moved to Canada we wanted to find a church that needed help with ministry.  The first week we went to Hanover Missionary Church they made an announcement about needing Sunday School teachers.  We decided from the beginning that we would just be a help and not ask for their support in missions. It's ironic that HMC is now faithfully supporting us and is always being an encouragement to us in our ministry.  We appreciate this gift and we can't wait to see everyone later this year!

Andrew and Amberlynne Claussen

Dear Friends,
We just want to thank you for your continued support.  The extra gift you sent was also wonderful.  We enjoyed seeing many of you last May and really enjoyed the special service potluck you coordinated.  The energy was wonderful!  Again, thank you for all you do to support missionaries and inspire the congregation to engage in the great commission!

Chris, Tara, Ezekiel and Justice McPherson

To the Pastors and Congregation of Hanover Missionary Church,
Hi everyone!  This note is one of heartfelt thanks for your generous donation to The Light on Main Street Community Meal.  For other two years now we have been serving a weekly meal to guests who are mainly from the downtown core of Hanover.  Many are physically and/or mentally disabled, lonely, isolated and poor.  We have an informal church service before the meal where we welcome people who are uncomfortable in a more formal setting.  As was to be expected, we have become involved in the lives of many people who need our help in other ways.  The volunteers at Baby Blessings have been good enough to join us on Thursdays to serve vulnerable young families.  Many times we are able to connect people with other churches or services in the community...Our ultimate dream would be to see "The Light" evolved into a mission which would serve many more needs within the community.  Above all, lonely people need to experience the love and care of Jesus through the hands of believers.  We invite any believer in our community who shares that vision to come and join us, any Thursday, starting after Labour Day.

Again, our many thanks,
Ann Bruton, on behalf of "The Light" team

Pastor Jason & HMC Congregation,
Thanks so much for your encouraging letter and very generous gift...We are blessed to serve the Lord here on Saugeen and live on His mission each day!!  May you at HMC blessed as you live on His mission in your community!!!

Chi-Miigweleh! (Many Thanks!)
Love Always, Stan & Sally Bragg